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Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention: Absolutely Free

Right out of the gate, with 1966’s double-LP Freak Out!, Mothers of Invention proved to be one of the most audacious, inventive ensembles in rock music. (Frank Zappa’s name was not appended to the band’s until the early-‘70s.) Absolutely Free, the ‘67 followup, took the original concept a step further, ramping up the political/social commentary and satire of the debut on tracks like... ...

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Watch Dead & Company and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Full Sets from Band Together Bay Area

Last night, a group of artists, including Dead & Company and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, came together at San Francisco’s AT&T Park to play the Band Together Bay Area concert, which helped to raise money in support of those affected by the recent wildfires in Northern California.After the evening was kicked off with offerings from Raphael Saadiq, rapper G-Eazy and Rancid, Matthews &... ...

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Watch Foo Fighters Bring Out Fan for Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”

We can officially call fans jumping on stage to perform with the Foo Fighters a tour tradition as it happened yet again last night in Champaign, IL. The best part about these performances so far is that they've featured supremely talented fans and this latest one was no exception as Mike Carpenter joined the band to lead them on Rush's "Tom Sawyer."Watch below.  ...

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Watch Beck Play Energetic “Dreams” for KCRW

We're still awaiting the grand unveiling of Beck's tour surrounding his latest album Colors, which finds him returning to a pop-centric sound with plenty of songs you've heard on commercials by now like "Up All Night" and "Wow." One of the other songs Beck had previously road-tested prior to the release of the album was "Dreams," a psych-pop track that sounds like it belongs in the Guero era... ...

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Here’s Why You Heard “Tweezer Reprise” at the New York Rangers Game Last Night

If you were watching the New York Rangers play last night either on television or in the stands at Madison Square Garden, you probably heard the very familiar riff of "Tweezer Reprise" played over the PA. No, you weren't having a Baker's Dozen flashback, it was actually happening. Jared Scharff, who you may know as a member of the Saturday Night Live house band, was in the building last night... ...

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People Are Now Peeling Potatoes at Liam Gallagher Gigs and Life is Wonderful

We've reached the apex of the petty war between the Gallagher brothers, and its all over a pair of completely random objects. It all started with Noel performing on Later...with Jools Holland where he actually (seriously) had someone playing the scissors. It was such a baffling choice for a background instrument that of course everyone flocked to Liam's Twitter mentions waiting for a take on... ...

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Amber Cross: Savage on the Downhill

Home doesn’t get much downer than on country singer Amber Cross’ Savage on the Downhill . Cross, a Maine-bred backwoods hunter whose tough, flinty voice suggests a church lady gone wrong, compares a beastly romance to a wild boar in the title track. The keening “Lone Freighters Wail” suggests that Cross could be Michael Hurley’s great folk-loner heir, while the love that barely... ...

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Legend Sturgill Simpson Busks Outside of the CMA Awards Instead of Attending

We've told you a lot about the greatness of Sturgill Simpson, and that story got another chapter last night when he not only didn't attend the CMA Awards, but rather went live on Facebook outside the arena in Nashville as he busked and took questions. Flanked by a sign that read, "I don't take requests but I take questions on anything you want to talk about...because fascism sucks," Simpson... ...

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Tim Reynolds’ TR3 at Highline Ballroom (A Gallery)

Tim Reynolds brought his TR3 project to the Highline Ballroom in New York City as the Dave Matthews Band guitarist regrouped his power trio for a tour after a series of dates with his acoustic collaborator earlier this year. Dino Perrucci shared some photos from the show.  ...

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Watch Umphrey’s McGee Pull a Switcheroo for Beastie Boys Cover Debut

Umphrey's McGee gave Madison something special for their final performance of a two-night stand when they debuted a cover of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" with a unique twist.Coming out for the encore, each band member filled a different role as the group pulled the ol' switcharoo with Brendan Bayliss taking on the bass, Jake Cinninger on keys, Joel Cummins on guitar, Andy Farag on drums, Kris... ...

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